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Laufer, Reeves move on to fall Senate race

Posted on Thursday, June 13, 2019 at 5:00 am

The race to determine who will serve most of Louisa County in the state Senate for the next four years narrowed on Tuesday to two candidates: Amy Laufer and Bryce Reeves.

Laufer easily won the 17th district Democratic Party primary, defeating Ben Hixon, 79 to 21 percent. Reeves, who has held the 17th district seat since 2011, beat Rich Breeden, 82 to 18 percent.

The numbers were similar in Louisa County, where Laufer won 86 percent of the vote and Reeves took 78 percent.

Laufer, a former teacher and Charlottesville School Board chair, campaigned with a call for a new direction in policymaking in the General Assembly. She said she would fight for strong public schools, access to affordable health care and “for standing up to [President] Donald Trump.”

Reeves, who lives in Spotsylvania County, said he should be returned to office for a third term to continue unfinished business.

“We’ve got a lot to accomplish,” he said in a statement issued after his primary win. “Ensuring those with pre-existing conditions are covered while providing access to better, more affordable healthcare; protecting our most vulnerable children; defending rights; lowering taxes; helping our veterans, military, and law enforcement.”

The campaign was friendly between Hixon, an openly gay Culpeper resident and computer scientist, and Laufer, now an Albemarle County resident. Hixon said he is eager to support Laufer in the fall election.

“Amy is an incredible candidate who will be a strong advocate for education, healthcare and infrastructure in Richmond,” he said in a statement. “I plan to work non-stop until Nov. 5 to make sure that she is my next senator.”

By contrast, the Republican primary was somewhat bruising. Breeden, of Spotsylvania County, campaigned to Reeves’ right and accused the incumbent of missing votes and insufficient support for President Trump.

(Article by David Holtzman)

This is a partial article. Read the full story in The Central Virginian’s June 13, 2019 issue.

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